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Album Review

Decades after his move from the Nashville scene, Jerry Byrd was still making beautiful music on his steels. The sound is certainly more classic Waikiki than classic Nashville. As Byrd was really a virtuoso of the instrument, there aren't any vocals that one would usually expect after listening to old Sol Ho'opii recordings or the like. Here, it's just piece after piece of sweet slides and arpeggios. The main analogy in sound one can draw to the works here is with the old Alfred Apaka recordings. These works are classics, and are treated as such. There's beauty in both the large sweeps and the subtle slides of tone. Overall, a very nice example of the Hawaiian music Byrd made after his 1968 departure from the continent.


Born: 09 March 1920 in Lima, OH

Genre: Traditional Pop

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Famed guitarist Jerry Byrd was born on March 9, 1920 in Lima, OH. As a child, he developed a passion for Hawaiian music, although he made his first inroads into performing by playing country on an area radio station between 1935 and 1937. After a stint on Cincinnati's WLW, he joined the Renfro Valley Barn Dance in 1941; a year later, he jumped to WJR in Detroit, and remained there until he signed on with Ernie Lee's Pleasant Valley Boys in 1944. Byrd remained with Lee until 1946, when he formed...
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Master of Touch and Tone, Jerry Byrd
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  • 9,90 €
  • Genres: World, Music, Caribbean
  • Released: 29 March 2005

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